Meet the Board

FRHA board members Kendra Siler-Marsiglio (left to right), Sharon Johnston, Michael Ham-Ying, Leah Vail Compton, Joe Peters, and Thomas Leach. Not pictured: Melissa Thibodeau, Lela Shepard, Bob Rihn, Crystal Stickle, and Jim Platt


Leah V Compton, MA, MBA
Community Forensic Liaison, Florida Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office

Melissa Thibodau
Executive Director, Heartland Rural Health Network

Joe Peters
Executive Director, Everglades Area Health Education Center

Sharon Johnston
Associate Director, Central Florida Area Health Education Center

Past President
Thomas J. Leach, FACHE
CEO of Medical Center Radiology Group in Orlando


Robert "Bob" Rihn
Executive Director, Tri-County Human Services

Kendra Siler-Marsiglio, PhD
President, CommunityHealth IT

Crystal Stickle, MS
Florida Hospital Association

Lela Shepard, MS, PMP, CPM
Director for the Office of Rural Health, Florida Department of Health

C. James Platt
Chief Executive Officer, Jackson Hospital

M. Bryant Howren, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Social Medicine, Director, Florida Blue Center for Rural Health Research & Policy, Florida State University College of Medicine

Judy Ortiz, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor & Director Rural Health Research Group, College of Health Professions and Sciences, University of Central Florida

Ex-Officio Contract Managers
Sarah Catalanotto, Laura Hampson & Elizabeth Pate
Suwannee River AHEC & FRHA
Email: [email protected]


FRHA Committees

Communication and Membership Committee
1. Broaden and increase membership. 
2. Contribute to newsletter communications with members.
3. Develop membership 

Conference Committee
1. Hold well organized & well attended annual conference
2. Increase the number of vendors and/or amount of income each year
3. Provide pre-meeting for Rural Health Networks, Rural Hospitals, Rural EMS